IOC president Thomas Bach encourages govts to tackle doping

James Marshall
November 7, 2019

The incoming leader of the World Anti-Doping Agency asked for more money.

A total of $5m of that amount will go towards storing test samples from pre-Olympics testing for ten years, while the other $5m will be put towards stepping up scientific research efforts and strengthening the investigative powers of Wada itself.

President Craig Reedie has said the organisation will look into athletes who trained under banned coach Alberto Salazar as part of the Nike Oregon Project (NOP), according to a London Times report on Tuesday. An average football club has a bigger budget.

Yuri Ganus worked the halls of an global anti-doping conference that was headlined Tuesday by a speech from Polish President Andrzej Duda, who spoke out strongly about the need for clean sports.

"The athlete is not the only culprit", he said.

"We are waiting for support from the president because you have seen during this conference how the Polish president supports his anti-doping movement, and his sports movement", Ganus said.

Bach cited state-doping in Russian Federation, the Aderlass blood-doping Operation and the scandal-hit Nike Oregon Project as all highlighting the "urgent need to focus much more on the athletes' entourage".

Witold Banka, who will formally be elected to replace Reedie later this week at WADA's board meeting, promised he would not tolerate cheating or manipulations.

"It is currently being used to bring more cheats to justice with dozens of cases now proceeding through the various judicial channels", the WADA chief stressed. After receiving the data from Moscow, WADA's investigation and intelligence department suspected that the records had been manipulated before being submitted.

"Since then, with help from partners, WADA has helped rebuild the Russian Anti-Doping Agency into the fully operational National Anti-Doping Organization it is today, ensuring that the anti-doping program could resume effectively across that massive and sports-passionate nation", the WADA president stated.

"We can't keep our athletes in this situation for such a long period of time", said Yuri Ganus, the head of Russia's anti-doping agency. "We have to change the people who realized this approach because now Russian sport is in the fifth year of the doping crisis".

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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